Volleyball Takes 3-0 Loss to Mount Union

(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball had a tough time getting through the University of Mount Union's front line as part of a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) loss at The Capital Center Performance Arena on Saturday afternoon.

As a team, the Crusaders hit just .105 in their straight-set loss and were challenged by Mount Union at the net, which put down nine blocks in the match. Senior Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio/Margarita) penetrated the front-line defense for a team-high nine kills on 28 attempts and committed just three errors, good for a 21.4 percent success rate. She was one kill away from adding another double-double to her season line after she also posted 11 digs on the afternoon.

Mount Union's Celia Barrett led two runs at the service line in the first set. Cap countered the first, eliminating a 7-3 deficit early, but the second put the Purple Raiders up 21-13. Cap went point-for-point with Mount Union from that point, but was unable to make up any ground.

While the Purple Raiders took a step back offensively in the second set, Capital committed eight errors and hit just .048. The Crusaders were unable to capitalize on Mount Union's faults, after committing eight attack errors, leading to a 25-14 loss.

Mount Union got back on track and hit a match-best .306. Despite this, Capital never trailed by more than three points until the Purple Raiders' final breakaway. The guests went on an 8-3 run, with help from three unforced errors, to win the match 25-20.

Senior Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio/Northwestern) finished with eight kills, while freshman setter Morgan Tripp (Jupiter Fla./Jupiter Community) ended the match with 18 assists.

Prior to the game, Capital recognized its three seniors for their contributions to the program and the University. Alongside Parkhurst and Braun stood Jessica Winstel, who has been serving as a student assistant coach since she has been unable to play due to injury.

Capital will get back on the court with a road contest at Marietta College on Tuesday night. First service is set for 7 p.m.